Purdue opened the fall 2019 semester with the largest enrollment in the history of the West Lafayette campus. Purdue has set enrollment records in each of the past three years. (Photo: Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
Purdue opened the fall 2019 semester with the largest enrollment in the history of the West Lafayette campus. Purdue has set enrollment records in each of the past three years. (Photo: Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue President Mitch Daniels had been signaling for months that the fall 2019 semester would bring the largest number of students on the West Lafayette campus in the university’s history.

It was just a matter of just how much Purdue added to last year’s record.

On Monday, Daniels produced the number: 44,551

After the two largest freshman classes in school history – fall 2019’s 8,056 was the second largest, trailing the 8,357 freshmen in fall 2018 – enrollment was up 2.6 percent on the West Lafayette campus. The fall 2018 enrollment was 43,411, which in turn was up 4.4 percent over enrollment in fall 2017 – which also had been a record.

Since 2014, a year when enrollment was at its smallest in the past decade, Purdue’s student population increased by 14.9 percent.

“Any way you cut it, this is a good affirmation of the quality of our faculty and the overall experience that our students have,” Daniels told faculty members of the University Senate on Monday.

Here are a few by-the-numbers takeaways from the enrollment numbers, as reported by Purdue.

• Undergrads vs. grad students: Each portion of Purdue enrollment – the 33,646 undergraduates and 10,905 graduate/professional students – were campus records.
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